Here’s Olivia Wilde, sipping a milkshake in the West Village while doing crazy things for maternity fashion. Olivia has accessorized her chic, all-black ensemble with a black suede Gucci Nouveau Fringe Bag. This bag was actually inspired by a similar 1940′s design from Gucci’s archives. (I imagine the vintage version might’ve had just as much bamboo detailing, but not nearly as much fringe.) You can obtain Olivia’s exact bag for $2,500 at Gucci.

Bag: Gucci Swing Leather Tote

Price: $995 via Gucci

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Gucci has quickly turned into one of my favorite brands over the past few seasons. The Swing Tote caught my attention for both the classic, clean design and functional, long double handles. Furthermore, this bag costs under $1,000, a rare feat in the premier designer handbag world.

I never thought I’d be saying these words, but I’m really loving fringe bags right now. It’s not like me to want an aggressively fringed bag (actually, it’s really not like me), but some of them on the market right now have truly nailed the design. The first brand to look to when it comes to fringe is Gucci, their fringe bags are making major statements and I’m obsessing over them.

Among the things that handbag lovers tell ourselves in order to make exorbitant accessories prices seem reasonable, “The crafstmanship is exquisite!” is one of the most popular. It’s rare that consumers get much of a peek inside that process, though. Late last year, we took you behind the scenes into the making of Gucci’s iconic bamboo trim, and now Gucci has thrown open its workshop doors once again to reveal a few of its secrets, this time with the Gucci Nouveau Fringe Bag.

During her tenure at the brand, creative director Frida Giannini has taken enormous strides in streamlining and simplifying what it is to be the Gucci woman. Tom Ford’s hard-nosed excess was fun, but Giannini has long offered up a softer experience that is more viscerally luxurious, and she’s taken that even another step further with Gucci’s Fall 2014 handbags. The collection features shapes both familiar and new, all made minimalist in soft leather and muted tones.

I remember an era in my life where yellow gold was so out of style. No one wanted to wear yellow gold and it became associated with gaudiness, but right now yellow gold is taking center stage once again and I’m thrilled about it.

Today’s perfect pair is all about two things that are both a girl’s best friend, jewelry and designer handbags.

Sarah Michelle Gellar was spotted leaving the Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles this week after getting her hair colored, carrying a compact, black Gucci Soho Disco Bag, which features a rather giant tassel at the zipper and an embroidered interlocking “G” Gucci logo. (Andy Lecompte is much beloved by non-naturally blonde Hollywood types.) You can buy your own Soho Disco in cream for $895 at Gucci.

Everyone has their own strategies for surviving the grey days of winter with their glamour intact. Some people take the opportunity to stock up on cashmere, others embrace lipcolor in shades of crimson and wine to provide a little bit of drama. Our personal favorite avenue, though, is to add a dose of shine to our accessories. Right now, that means trying to choose between all of Gucci’s metallic handbags, shoes and accessories.

When we think Gucci, we think of fabulous Italian style, best-of-the-best exotic handbags and leather goods with a rich historical context. All of this continues Gucci’s iconic tradition, which is why giving the gift of Gucci will leave anyone jumping for joy.

Last month, I gave you a closer look at my Gucci Bamboo Shopper and promised a full review would follow. Well, it’s here. There are many reasons I want to review this bag, but one of the main ones is very simple: I’m obsessed with this Gucci stunner. When it comes to a tote, I’m never sure if I will feel incredibly strong about it, but it turns out that this tote is one of my favorite bags in my entire collection.

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